What's On \\ Group Tour Options

Customize your visit with the following guided-tour options. 

Please schedule all tours at least three weeks in advance. If you are interested in Curriculum-based Programs or booking directly from a school please visit our education area.



  1. Featured Tour
    Highlights of the Peabody Essex Museum

    Discover outstanding artistic and cultural creativity from around the world. As one of the oldest museums in continuous existence in the country, PEM is home to objects from around the globe that open our eyes to the multilayered and interconnected world of creative expression. Visit a selection of powerful works unique to PEM and explore the history of this one-of-a-kind museum. Length: one hour

  2. Featured Tour
    Journey of Life through Art

    A 45-minute tour is specifically designed for small groups of 3-15 seniors with limited mobility and/or low memory. This interactive gallery experience uses carefully selected artworks to spark conversations and encourage participants to make connections — between the artwork and the group’s life experiences. Every effort has been taken to remove the physical constraints of visiting a museum by structuring the tour so that all the objects used are in close proximity to one another. Contact the Group Tour Department for special rates and availability. Length: 45 minutes

  3. Featured Tour
    Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House

    Immerse yourself in Chinese art and culture through a visit to Yin Yu Tang. The home of the Huang family for over 200 years, the house was relocated to the Peabody Essex Museum from southern China in 2003 and depicts life in the house over a 200-year history of family and cultural change.Length: 30 minutes, 25 people maximum. Larger groups will be divided accordingly.

  4. Two Merchants' Houses

    Explore two of the museum's architectural treasures for a cross-cultural look at design, furnishings and family life. Visit the Gardner-Pingree house, built for the Gardner family in 1804 by Salem architect and woodcarver Samuel McIntire, and the Yin Yu Tang house from the late Qing dynasty, home of the Huang family for 200 years in southeastern China. These two homes, built around the same time by successful merchants and originally located 8,000 miles apart, offer fascinating glimpses of trade, daily life, values and aesthetics in two cultures connected by trade. Length: One hour and 15 minutes

  5. Shelter to Showpiece: Three Centuries of Salem Architecture and Design

    Trends in home design come and go; "reading" a house's architectural style can reveal clues about the time it was built, the tastes of its occupants and their social aspirations. Investigate the idea of "style" by visiting a First Period house, a Georgian style house and a Federal-era mansion for an in-depth look at the architectural elements, interior finishes and parlor furnishings that turn a simple shelter into a home. Trace the evolution of iconic American styles that architects still reference today. Length: One hour

  6. Special Exhibition Tour

    An experienced docent introduces your group to a current special exhibition. Length: 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the exhibition

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